ROCKINGHAM — The softball season isn’t quite over for Cher Morse.
Morse, who played on the junior varsity team at Richmond Senior, was selected to participate in the eighth annual Queen of the Diamonds Showcase South at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina later this month. There is also an event scheduled for Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Morse played shortstop on junior varsity this year and hit .558 with five doubles and three home runs. She was a perfect 30 for 30 stealing bases.
She said is honored to be one of nearly 300 players picked out of more than 1,500 applicants for two events.
“I applied back in the first part of July,” Morse said. “I found out on the 18th I got in. I think there is something like 30 second baseman that were picked. I know there were a lot of pitchers and catchers that applied.”
According to the QDSS website, Morse has been assigned to a team as its second baseman and is one of three players from North Carolina on it. The squad has features two players from Ohio and Virginia, one each from Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina as well as Canada.
Morse said the online application was unusual because it didn’t just focus on her achievement on the field. It asked questions about how she would respond in different situations during a game.
Morse added the event is focused on the wins or losses on the field, but more around highlighting a player’s ability to adapt to game situations.
The QDSS isn’t the only time Morse will be the only softball player to represent Richmond County at an event. Earlier this summer, Morse was a member of the Region 4 team that finished seventh in the Powerade State Games.
“It was a lot of fun playing with those other girls,” Morse said. “I played a lot, I switched off playing second base with an older girl.”
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